Wednesday, November 22, 2006


As of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we have been in North Carolina for one year. Its so hard to believe that its been only one year, considering all that has happened. At the same time, its difficult to remember that we have been here a year already – its gone by so fast!!!

I’ve been taking stock this week, paying attention to details, and feeling so amazed at what God has done in this year. I’m thankful for so much.

I’m thankful we made the choice to move from here:

To here, our first and very own home:

I have an amazing job with wonderful people and work that challenges me.

I’m thankful for this man, for his love and his effort and his vision and his overwhelming desire to be the best dad and husband in the world:

I’m thankful for this cute little furry creature, who continues to delight me and love me, even thought I brought another human being into our home to challenge her status as pack leader:

I’m thankful for this amazing group of women who have adopted me into their lives and given me so much wisdom and love:

I’m thankful we were able to do this:

I’m eternally grateful for these amazing women:

This stunning woman:

And this little one for his energy and adventure:

And this little one for her never-ending love and sweetness:

I’m ever so thankful for this experience and what it taught me about my body, my heart, my mind, my feelings and the amazing things that happen that affirm my God in my life:

I’m so very, very thankful for the amazing Blessings of this little one:

For his grandma’s and grandpa’s:

His beautiful aunt Kellie:

And for a surprise from this amazing friend – Aunt Kathy:

For this lady and her sense of controlled insanity and just-rightly-timed encouragement and love:

I’m thankful that life is both predictable and an adventure, that my days include both a schedule and surprises.

I’m thankful for my scrapbooking and all the amazing people I have met with my hobby.

And I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers who, thanks to the wonderful internet, have become friends and encouragers and mentors.

I’m thankful that I had the chance to chase a musical dream and that it ended so that I could have a chance to dream today’s dreams.

And above all else, I’m thankful that there is a God in Heaven, who sent His only Son to die for MY sins that I might have eternal life.

Peace, everyone…

And today, may you count your many blessings and challenges and count them ALL joy!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post.

I can't believe it's been a year.

I miss you so much.

Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!

Anonymous said...

you're making me cry. so very much to be thankful for. and I'm so thankful for this crazy internet thing and the people it's introduced me to.

Happy Thanksgiving -

Gina said...

I love your Thanksgiving tribute. We're blessed aren't we?!

holy chaos said...

hey, this is natalie, blogho[[ing from gina's. I just had a baby,too she is 12 weeks today! my sixth. (sigh)

i love pretty close to you in cola,sc. i love charlotte! used to work for belks so i have been to south park many times.

i love your pictures.